The most immediately remarkable thing about Julie Byrne is her voice. It has a rare and delicate elegance which means when she sings, it feels like she’s in the room with you. Her first album, 2014’s Rooms Within Walls And Windows (which though only released on a small scale became a massive word-of-mouth success) used that voice to make hazy, acoustic folk music.
It brought to mind Vashti Bunyan, Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell. But on new album Not Even Happiness she’s taken a step up – finding new directions for her music, creating an otherworldly take on Americana and it’s utterly beguiling. She also works part time as a park ranger in New York, so you may see her shepherding some peacocks during the festival!